Youth and the City – Young people for fair and Green cities (Summer School)

Project Background

Alternative Urbanisation Working Group (AU WG) of CDN gathers young people interested in exploring, discussing and learning about alternatives to current urban practices in the Central and Eastern Europe. It was established in 2013 after an event on democratic participation of young people in their cities.

Since then, the WG has organised online movie discussions and calls for articles. In 2016, the WG conducted the study session “Reclaim the city” on topic of youth participation in creating inclusive and sustainable cities, in European Youth Center in Budapest. In 2018, WG successfully implemented one year long project “Urban Steps for Resilient Future”, consisting of an international training of trainers, four regional trainings, and 11 local actions implemented by young activists in 10 different countries. 
Today, majority of the world’s population lives in urban areas and the number is only expected to increase in future.

With this project we want to empower youth to discuss and cooperate in the development of the alternatives to current manners of urbanisation in Central and Eastern European cities. We see the current urbanisation in our cities characterised by a low amount of governmental regulations, lack of public, especially young people’s, opinion consideration in planning and shaping the cities, lack of tools for political participation for youth or will from the political stakeholders to foster it.

These are followed by socially and environmentally unsustainable practices – gentrification, suburbanisation, exclusion, injustice, pollution and lack of space for the young people to socialise. We would like to adress these issues, as we consider cities the best platform for local, community-lead change to take place. We believe that this project will contribute to defining and popularising the AlterUrb concept as a very practical and recognized element of progressive youth politics as it is rooted in principles of inclusion, participation, social and environmental justice and empowers the youth to take action on community level. 

Alternative Urbanisation is based on values of human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality and respect for human rights. We are convinced that we need more pluralism, non-discrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity and equality.

Aims and objectives

Considering the above mentioned, with this summer school we aim to conceptualise and promote the model of sustainable and democratic cities among active young people in the Central and Eastern Europe and provide them with tools for reclaiming their cities.
The objectives of the project are:

  1. To create a space for youth to discuss the concept and role of Alternative Urbanisation in shaping the future of the cities
  2. To empower young people to use the city as a platform for doing local, Green and alternative politics;
  3. To create a toolkit of positive practices and methods of influencing politics on a very local level.

Project Summary

Date: 5-9 August 2019

Duration: 5 working days

Working language: English

Number of participants: 25

The program will be based on the principles of non-formal education and intercultural learning. We strive for active, inclusive and direct communication, as well as transfer and sharing of knowledge. Sessions will be balanced between theoretical inputs, training, workshops, discussions, reflection, planning, brainstorming and other interactive methods of learning.

This project is organised by the Green European Foundation with the support of CDNEE and with the financial support of the European Parliament to the Green European Foundation.